Leftists seek alternative development at World Social Forum

7th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Leftist politicians at the World Social Forum in Dakar said Monday that "progressive" nations should work together, emphasising the need for an alternative model of development.

Former Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and French Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry met on the sidelines of the forum to discuss the "upcoming G20 meeting and cooperation among progressive nations," Aubry said.

Lula told reporters before their meeting: "To the G20, it seems as if there is no problem, and we never talk about unemployment."

Aubry said the two politicians also discussed relations between South America and Africa.

"Africa is beginning to emerge, a fact which Europe is struggling to understand and China and India have understood," she said.

"We must reflect on how we can put together the foundations of an alternative model of development," she said, adding that Lula believed there was no leader in the world "capable of bringing this change."

The 11th edition of the forum, an alternative to the elite World Economic Forum held in the posh Swiss ski resort of Davos last week, brings together anti-globalisation activists opposed to capitalism.

Over 10,000 people marched through Dakar, the capital of Senegal, on Sunday with the focus on the popular revolt spreading across northern Africa as a reflection of the crisis of capitalism - a major theme of the forum.

© 2011 AFP

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